Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

Gibson Woods Has Lots of Environmental Fun!

Tucked away in the heart of the industrial region of northwest Indiana is an island of nature with some very unusual features. This 131-acre parcel of virtually “undisturbed” land is known as Gibson Woods Nature Preserve . . . a Lake County Park. Gibson Woods is one of the last sizeable remnant of high quality…

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Hoosier Riverwatch Training by Shirley Heinze Trust

​Join Nicole Messacar, Education Coordinator with the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District, for a free workshop where you will learn about water quality  and gain hands-on experience and skills to become a volunteer for Hoosier Riverwatch. By participating in Hoosier Riverwatch, citizens of Indiana can become active stewards of our water resources through watershed education,…

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Taltree Changes Name To Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

by Sue Baxter    The Board of Directors of Taltree Arboretum and Taltree’s Founders have reached an agreement to change the name of Taltree to Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, named after founders Damien and Rita Gabis. The Taltree board and founders will donate the 300 plus acres to the university in exchange for Purdue…

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Breakfast with the Birds

The winter blue’s got you down, Shake it off and come visit your park friends inside the Nature Center at Luhr Park.  Let this be an invitation to bundle up and grab the whole family; we promise it will be an explorative morning with the wonders of nature and the wildlife.  So come visit and…

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Indiana Dunes Mount Baldy Trail Reopened

The National Park Service has announced that the trail to the beach at Mount Baldy has been reopened. The trail had been closed for several weeks after storm waves washed out a portion of it leaving a dangerous, 50-foot drop off. Park crews have now completed a rerouted trail and have reopened the area. Visitors…

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Fish On – Portage’s Fishing and Outdoor Show!

The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd Annual Fish On-Portage’s Fishing & Outdoor Show, a fishing and outdoor show in Northwest Indiana. Back for a second year the event will be held on Saturday, February 24th 9a-4p and Sunday, February 25th 9a-3p at the Portage High School Fieldhouse. Students and parents involved…

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Local Organizations and Schools to Invited to Porter County’s Reuse Fair,

    Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction invites non-profit organizations and schools to register for its Earth Day Reuse Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.      The event aims to connect participants…

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Zombie Zip Lines And Haunted Treetop Trails Coming To Edge Adventures Aerial Park

For the month of October Edge Adventures Aerial Park – Deep River NWI will present a Halloween experience unlike any other in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana area. The park will be transformed into a spooky forest with Haunted Treetop Trails. And on Saturday evenings, there will be Zombie Zip Line adventures featuring live zombies roaming beneath…

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Trick or Trail walk at Portage YMCA

Join the Portage YMCA on Friday, October 13th for their Annual Trick-or-Treat Trail Walk Fundraiser supporting our Before & After-School Child Care Program, Y-Care. This event is family-friendly for children and adults of all-ages! Families will trek through our haunted trail, collecting candy & goodies at each stop. Before or after the fun, stop in…

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Pumpkin Patches Open This Weekend!

    Most Northwest Indiana Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes usually open by mid September, some earlier! Some are farms, where you take a hay ride out into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands. Most have loads of pumpkins to choose from. To…

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